Watch a few of the tools and techniques come togther in this short case study about finding Otto Murhard. Taken from a webinar presented to the Florida Genealogical Society.
The Shared cM Project is a collection of data from real genetic genealogists just like you. The reported numbers can help us better determine our relationship to others. You can learn more about the shared cM project by going to www.yourDNAguide.com/shared-cm-project
As genetic genealogy gains in popularity, one of or biggest challenges is how to organize all of the data. How can we not get lost in a sea of DNA matches, but instead wade through them all to find our Best Matches? Dating, of course!
Taken from a webinar provided to the Florida Genealogical Society in November 2017.
When we see a match that has a decent pedigree chart, but we do not see a shared surname, we should get VERY excited. Here's why.
Searching by surname is a simple and easy way to get started finding your Best Matches in your DNA match list at any testing company. You can search for the surname(s) that are associated with the ancestor you are looking for today.
Want to know what triangulation means in genetic genealogy terms? This is the place for the very basic overview of this method.
Triangulation is a hot topic in genetic genealogy. We will cover what the term itself means, and then the two sides of the triangulation game. We will talk about correct principles of combining the triangulation technique in your genetic networking. I have also included some references here at the bottom.
In favor of triangulation:
Evidence that seems contrary to triangulation (as it is being employed above):
From the blog Our Puzzling Past,
And from the blog On Genetics.
OK, so you have mastered the shared matches tool, and you can use it to find matches who might be related to each other. Let's dig just a little bit deeper into that tool to make sure you don't veer off the path and find yourself deep in a rabbit hole.
Once you are done with this video you will probably want to head over to the Family Tree DNA Explore page and watch the Matrix video, or the AncestryDNA Explore page and watch the AncestryDNA Shared Matches - Advanced video, or (coming soon!) the 23andMe Shared Matches page.
Now you are ready for the Matrix Tool.
FTDNA has a tool that will allow you to see if your matches match each other. But before you get to excited, you need to watch this video about using Shared Matches in your family history.
Now you are ready to learn about The Matrix Tool.
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The In Common With Tool (and the NOT In Common With Tool) at FTDNA is a great way to find your best matches.
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The chromosome browser is a powerful tool to visualize your DNA connections. This basic overview will help you understand some of the background principles behind this tool. Please watch this before exploring the specific tool at each company.
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Get to know this powerful tool for visualizing your DNA matches at Family Tree DNA.
Each testing company employs its own statistical algorithms to help massage your data into something useful. But these processes effect the results you receive. In this very simplistic overview, we will address some of the problems the testing companies are facing when trying to determine your origins using your DNA.
Running Time: 14:27
The reference populations employed by the testing companies greatly impact the results you receive. Learn what each company is doing differently and how their methods may impact your results.
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This section will cover the basic navigational features of the FTNDA Family Finder page.
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Many are puzzled by the presence of unexpected ethnicities in their admixture results. With my Mango Theory, you will learn why these unwanted guests sometimes invade our results.